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The best bars in Central

With so many quality drinking establishments stacked on top of one another, how do you know which are Central’s true elite? Here is the answer

Central might not have the underground kudos belonging to Hong Kong’s still up-and-coming parts of town, like Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun, but the neighbourhood is home to some of the best cocktail bars and whisky bars on the planet.

While we cant scientifically prove it and such qualms never seem to stop climate change deniers and the like there’s probably no where on Earth with as many quality drinking dens packed so tightly on top of one another as in Central. The bar scene is that good. The only trouble is knowing where to start. That’s why we’ve rounded up 21 of the best bars from the neighbourhood that provide Central’s finest libations. You need never go thirsty again.

The best bars in Central

65 Peel

Sometimes the most groundbreaking concepts are the most deceptively simple ones. And, sometimes, a venue nails its brief so well that it feels like it’s been around for ages. Enter craft beer haven 65 Peel...

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Bar De Luxe

Established by legendary Japanese bartender Hidetsugu Ueno, Bar De Luxe is no cheap imitation of his world famous Tokyo cocktail bar, Bar High Five. Helmed by the Ueno’s protégé, Yuriko Naganuma, this is upscale drinking at its finest.

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Bobby’s Rabble

Super friendly neighbourhood bar on the slope of Peel Street that sports a decent selection of IPAs alongside the usual cocktail suspects and a good selection of whisky.

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Bitters & Sweets

Those looking for more adventurous drinks than just another martini or old fashioned should head here. Expect drinks with ingredients like Iron Buddha tea, coffee-infused bourbon or orange marmalade. Oh, and don’t forget to try the smores.

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Foxglove

From the team who behind cooler-than-thou restaurant Mrs Pound comes Foxglove, a 1950s-style watering hole serving up classic cocktails on Duddell Street hidden behind the exterior of an umbrella shop.

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Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge

If the many super serious cocktail bars littering Central feel too crusty, Honi Honi is here to help. Specialising in tiki drinks, this Wellington Street hangout is a Polynesian beach bar getaway in the heart of the city.

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I Know John

Tucked away on the ninth floor of The Loop building on Wellington Street, I Know John is a hidden gem serving up craft cocktails, gourmet hotdogs and niche wines and whiskies.

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The Iron Fairies

Like something out of a storybook (because, well, it is) Iron Fairies is visually stunning. The drinks aren’t half bad either, whether it’s their watermelon daiquiri or a cocktail made with one of the bar’s house-infused vodkas.

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J.Boroski

A self-proclaimed ‘creative cocktail space’, J.Boroski goes above and beyond what a regular bar offers. Theres no menu, so patrons have their drinks tailored to their requests. Strong or mild? Floral? Herbal? Spicy? It’s entirely up to you.

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Le Boudoir

Decorated like the lavish private bedchamber of a bourgeois lady from 18th century Europe but in a more stylised approach, Le Boudoir mixes opulent surrounds with delicious drinks.

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Lee Lo Mei

An all-out assault of HK vintage, Lee Lo Mei packs not only an inventive drinks list (house-infused peanut butter rum, anyone?) but also an inviting atmosphere that’s perfect for the heart of the city.

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Lily & Bloom

Inspired by Prohibition era drinks, Lily is a hypnotically welcoming bar focusing on old-school favourite cocktails and modern classics made with boutique spirits and always with consummate care.

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Mezcalito

Mezcal is the star here. An underappreciate tipple – though not if Mezcalito has anything to say about it – whether you want to drink the spirit neat or perfectly paired in a cocktail, the results are never less than impressive.

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Neo

Neo may have the look and feel of a Bud-soaked frat house, but the surprisingly sophisticated drinks tell a different story. Anyone who enjoys a chill and vibrant environment will find plenty to appreciate.

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Nocturne

The Japanese bar-inspired Nocturne is home to fantastic whiskies and wines, with skilled bartenders remaking classic cocktails with surgical care and precision. Think Ginza in Central.

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Origin

Origin’s focus on gin is no cheap gimmick. Using impressive gadgetry and techniques, Origin prepares infused gins in-house before blending them into incredible drinks.

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Oris Private Club

Located on the first floor of a residential building, Oris isn’t easy to stumble across, which is a shame because bartender Sarah Rana’s amazing mixology deserves the widest possible audience.

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The Pontiac

A raucous take on an American dive bar, skip the so-so house cocktails and order up a classic to your preferred specification to learn why The Ponty is rated among Asia’s 50 Best Bars. 

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Quinary

Decked out like an immaculate factory, with concrete-floors, filament lighting and meshed gates, Quinary serves up some of the pricier cocktails in town. However, it’s a cocktail bar with substance worth every cent.

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Stockton

Stockton may only have opened in 2014 but it feels like it’s been around forever, such an institution has the Wyndham Street haunt become in its short existence. Top draw cocktails and a tremendously atmospheric space are the reasons why.

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The Woods

With a menu bursting with specialist liquors, house-cured ingredients, infusions and hybrids of all kinds, The Woods has justifiably earned a reputation for hardcore, experimental mixology.

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